Japan’s former princess leaves for US with commoner husband

  • Japan’s former Princess Mako, left, the elder daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, takes her mask off at a boarding gate to board an airplane to New York with her husband Kei Komuro, not in picture, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — A Japanese princess who gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college sweetheart arrived in New York on Sunday, as the couple pursued happiness as newlyweds and left behind a nation that has criticized their romance.